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RE: Replacement for methyl ethyl ketone




This is not a referral for a particular company or product but Inland
Chemical, 800-552-3100, promotes at least three substitutes for MEK made
from solvent blends..."Safety Prep", "Citra Safe", and "Teksol EP".  My
information is old so I phoned Inland and was told that several new products
may exist for any given application.

I do not have any knowledge of the ability of these products to meet your
specific needs but I can tell you Inland is willing to work with customers
to develop a blend that suits the needs of the client.  I would imagine the
cost of a solvent replacement, or the design services, are high.

May I request that you let me know if a suitable replacement is found and if
the cost is reasonable. 

Ric

-----Original Message-----
From: Tammy Allen [mailto:tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us]
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2000 11:55 AM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Replacement for methyl ethyl ketone


Any suggestions on a replacement for methyl ethyl ketone in cleaning
operations?  A company that screen prints with  solvent inks uses MEK to
clean the equipment in a cold immersion tank or by hand depending on the
size of the part to be cleaned.  They are desiring minimal change to the
process, but a substitute for MEK.  I tried SAGE, but unfortunately, the
high ranked items on the reults list will not work to remove his solvent
inks (e.g. surfactants).  the materials that need cleaning are predominantly
stainless steel.  The facility also would like to avoid carcinogens.

Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL  33763

(727) 464-4761
Fax (727) 464-3174

e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us
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